by ZOE AIRABELLE AGUINALDO and AUBREY SHANE LIM
(Updated as of 5:00 p.m on Oct. 31, 2022)
THE FACULTY of Arts and Letters’ (AB) Journalism and Communication programs were among the four new programs in the University that have been certified by the ASEAN University Network Quality Assurance (AUN-QA).
The two programs were also the first in AB to receive such accreditation after the remote visit by the AUN accreditors last July 2022.
BS Hospitality Managment and BS Tourism Management are the two other programs from the College of Tourism and Hospitality Management that were also approved.
AB dean Marilu Madrunio said that the certification makes the faculty more internationally competitive, as the AUN-QA accreditation is international in scope.
“If our programs pass the AUN-QA assessment, then we are assured that the programs we offer are of good quality and that they can be at par with the programs offered by other international universities in the region,” Dean Madrunio told The Flame.
AUN’s assessment looked into how an ASEAN-member university delivers its specific program in consideration of the university’s and program’s vision, mission, and intended outcomes.
“All those involved in the preparation for this international assessment experience self-fulfillment. It is a good feeling when you know that your hard work pays off,” she said.
“We do this because we also need to collaborate with international bodies for the benefit of the ASEAN community,” the Artlet dean added.
The members of the AUN-QA assessor team included AUN-QA Council Member and Chief Assessor Dr. Satria Bijaksana together with several professors from various Southeast Asian institutions.
This year marked UST’s fifth AUN-QA assessment. The University is now offering 18 undergraduate programs that have been qualified by the AUN-QA. F